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Mr. Driller's world has been covered with mysterious blocks. Armed with only a mighty drill, you'll have to dig your way down to safety before his air supply runs out!

Mr. Driller is a real-time puzzle game that relies solely on quick-thinking and a bit of planning. The gameplay is a combination of Tetris and Boulder Dash: You have to drill down through multi-colored blocks to reach the bottom while avoiding the consequences of reckless drilling; blocks left without a foundation will drop down after a while, potentially crushing Mr. Driller. As the hero's air supply is depleted with time, the player must regularly grab oxygen pick-ups. Some of the blocks are "X-Blocks", which take a few tries to drill through and take away a large chunk of the player's air if destroyed. If four or more X-Blocks come in contact with each other, they vanish and leave behind a small blue creature "Chisokojin", which grants 765 points when picked up.

There are two scenarios in the game, the "2500ft" and "5000ft challenge" (called "500m" and "1000m" in the Japanese version), which are five and ten levels long respectively.


Mr. Driller Windows Time Attack mode lets you choose from various levels. There are some which need to be unlocked.
Mr. Driller PlayStation *Phew!* Only 400 meters to go!
Mr. Driller WonderSwan Color Almost rubbery now.
Mr. Driller Game Boy Color Game over. Do I retry or give up?

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Alternate Titles

  • "ミスタードリラー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

How could ANYONE pass up this game?? PlayStation Satoshi Kunsai (1805)

Critic Reviews

Defunct Games WonderSwan Color Aug 07, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Sep, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80 Dreamcast Dec 20, 2000 71 out of 100 71
PSM PlayStation Jun, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
IGN Game Boy Color Aug 10, 2000 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Dreamcast Jul 06, 2000 5.6 out of 10 56
Mega Fun PlayStation Sep, 2000 56 out of 100 56
Mega Fun Dreamcast Aug, 2000 39 out of 100 39
Gamekult Dreamcast Dec 20, 2000 3 out of 10 30


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1001 Video Games

Mr. Driller appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Mr. Driller spawned a Japan only sequel, called Mr. Driller GREAT! The biggest differences included multiple player characters, a new Story Mode, and enhanced and tighter gameplay.

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